Smythe Family On The Road travel blog

A peek at the river as we go over the bridge.

Driving along Turnagain Arm down onto the Kenai Peninsula.

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The marshes were up because the tide was up at this time.

The clouds were just hanging over the mountains.

Tom and Jonathan at the Visitor Center Museum in Hope.

Jonathan looks through the kitchen and checks things out.

The outside of the house.

Tom is reading something by the front door of the Visitor Center....

We went to dinner at the Discovery Cafe after looking around town.

We went for a hike after dinner. The trail overlooked Turnagain Arm...

The tide is low now. The water will rush back in when...

More scenic pictures from up on the trail.

Jonathan and Tom spot a mushroom.

Deb and Jonathan are checking out the berries but hoping there aren't...

Cheese!

Heading on down the trail.

The trees were thick here and it was cool in the shade.

We figured it must have been a little windy. This was the...

Back to where we came from.

We get to a spot where there's a nice overlook and figure...

The mud flats are all you can see. We were told they're...

This is a cool shot that Tom took.

Tom chases Jonathan back to the beginning of the trail. I just...

We drove down the road a bit and found this spot to...

Jonathan tossed rocks onto the mud flats with Tom for a while...

Kowabunga! Splat! The rocks would just land and stick in the mud...

Now Tom has joined in on the fun.

The deep crevice is from a drain pipe that runs under the...

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Jonathan checks out the rocks he's thrown in so far.

There goes another one.

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Smile!

Tom and I are sitting and talking now while Jonathan continues to...

Tom and Jonathan spotted this little brown and white creature at about...

We spot the wave on the far side of Turnagain Arm.

It seems to be building momentum. We can hear it and we're...

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We went down to the next rest stop to see the tidal...

It's gotten wider and is heading for the bank we're on now...

You can see the tidal bore coming up the inlet in the...

The fireweed is just about finished blooming but it has another phase...

It's still moving closer.

A close up of the fireweed with the little bits of blue...

We head back toward the other side of Turnagain arm thinking we...

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Getting close to the water again.

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We get around to the other side. There's an accident up ahead...

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Sunday, July 26, 2009.

Williwaw Campground, Chugach National Forest, Alaska

Turnagain Arm, The Town of Hope and the Tidal Bore

We spent today driving south through Anchorage then down Turnagain Arm, the body of water that comes up between Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula. The drive was a scenic one. We were glad we were going south because most of the traffic was coming from the peninsula back up to the Anchorage area from their weekend fishing trips.

We tried to keep an eye on the water to see if we could spot any beluga whales. We were told they come up in that area when the tide is up. We didn't see any but the wind was blowing and the water was really choppy so we could have easily missed them if they were there.

We found the campground and pulled the RV into a site then took off again. We wanted to drive over to the town of Hope in time to have a look around, eat lunch and catch the tidal bore when it came back up Turnagain Arm. Hope was a cute little town. Most of the people were there to fish. We got to witness combat fishing for the first time. We took a nice hike up along a trail along Turnagain Arm hoping to find a good spot to watch the tidal bore from but everything was really high up and we didn't think we would be able to see it very well. Great hike though.

We jumped back in the Yukon when we got back and started driving back along the road toward home. We found a spot we thought would be nice to watch the tidal bore from so we hung out there until it came along. It was much better than the one in Moncton up in New Brunswick a couple summers ago. We're going to try to catch it again when we drive back up to Anchorage. It moves at about 15 mph so we jumped in the truck and drove up the road to the next pullout and watched it again then headed home after that so we could fire the generator up for at least an hour and have power to get through the night on. We spent a little bit of time winding down for the evening then hit the hay.



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